Eleanor (Ellie) is an inquisitive child who keeps her brothers, Emmett, 4, Dallin, 7 and Oliver, 10, on their toes.
“She is the princess of the household and they are pretty much wrapped around her finger,” says her mom, Keesha.
Ellie’s path to Joya Child & Family Development began more than a year ago after Carrie, a Joya physical therapist, noticed some anomalies in her movement. She had worked with Ellie’s brother Emmett, who has a genetic muscular disease that affects his mobility, and was concerned that Ellie might have inherited the same condition.
A specialist diagnosed Ellie with a milder form of the muscular disease and, at 19 months of age, Ellie started a program of physical and occupational therapy at Joya.
Keesha and her husband, Rich, appreciate that Ellie’s therapists are knowledgeable and willing to do additional research to create the most effective therapy program to maximize Ellie’s mobility.
“Ellie has been able to maintain her strength and the ability to walk because of Joya’s well-trained staff,” Keesha says.
Today, Ellie is thriving! She participates in a Joya toddler group where she learns and connects with friends. She has already developed skills that will help her succeed in school and beyond.
“She’s a good listener and is pretty responsible and mature for her age,” Keesha says.
Ellie, who at times is a finicky eater, can pleasantly surprise everyone by eating veggies, like celery and broccoli. When asked to do something that is not part of her plans, Ellie playfully responds “Never!”
Her favorite storybook character is Minnie Mouse. She once tucked 18 stuffed animals into her bed because she likes to nurture and play mom.
When it comes to style, Ellie likes to wear flowers and bows to match a wardrobe that is predominantly pink and features tops with unicorns and flamingos.
Keesha appreciates that Ellie’s Joya therapists take the time to know her personality and preferences while doing everything they can to help Ellie realize her immense potential.
“She loves working with her therapists,” Keesha says.